4 Spring Cleaning Tips for a Healthier Mouth

Ready for some spring cleaning? While you scrub the floors, clean the carpets, beat the rugs, organize the cabinets, put things into storage and throw out junk, don’t forget to sanitize your bathroom counter! Below, are four items to add to your checklist to improve your dental hygiene:

  1. Throw out and replace your worn-out toothbrush. Make it a point to buy a new toothbrush every three months. As the bristles wear down, it won’t be able to reach those small crevices where food is bound to get stuck and eventually form cavities. Also, the possibility of both bacterial and viral infections should give you enough motivation to grab a new one. Infectious agents can live on the bristles of your brush, with the potential to reinfect you; so make sure you toss your toothbrush in the trash after every cold or any other sickness.
  1. Check the expiration date on your mouthwash. Most mouthwash have a shelf life written somewhere on the bottle. If you were to use mouthwash past the expiration date, it might not only taste bad but it probably wouldn’t be nearly as effective as when you first bought it. Don’t waste a minute of your life swooshing around mouthwash if it’s not doing anything for you.
  1. Stock up on floss. Dentists recommend that you use 18 inches of floss per session. So, as long as you floss everyday (we all know you do), that adds up to about 45 feet of floss per month! Replenish your floss supply to avoid running out. If you don’t floss every day, try to factor it into your daily routine, so you can avoid having to undergo implant dentistry in Philadelphia or any other city.
  2. Schedule an appointment with your dentist. Considering how cleanings are recommended every six months, regular visits should already be marked down somewhere on your calendar. If you’ve been skipping out on these visits, or you’re having problems with any of your teeth, make sure you call your dentist to schedule an appointment. Seeing your dentist regularly is the best way to spot and stop problems before they get any worse; otherwise, they’ll manifest into bigger, pricier and more painful ordeals.

Spring is a great time to schedule a cleaning with your dentist, as this season is less likely to interfere with potential vacation plans.

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